Sam Cooke. His incredible voice has always touched me. His death came far, far too soon.
Influential as both a singer and composer, he is commonly known as the King of Soul for his distinctive vocals and importance within popular music.
Cooke had 30 U.S. top 40 hits between 1957 and 1964, plus three more posthumously. Major hits like "You Send Me", "A Change Is Gonna Come", "Cupid", "Chain Gang", "Wonderful World", and "Twistin' the Night Away" are some of his most popular songs.
Cooke was also among the first modern black performers and composers to attend to the business side of his musical career. He founded both a record label and a publishing company as an extension of his careers as a singer and composer. He also took an active part in the Civil Rights Movement.
Sam Cooke - Wonderful World
#12 hit on top 40; #2 on R&B chart
#17 hit on top 40; #20 on the R&B chart
#2 hit on top 40; #2 on R&B chart
Another Saturday Night
#10 hit on top 40; #1 on R&B chart
Bring it on home to me
#13 hit on the top 40; #2 on the R&B chart
|December 12, 1964|